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I think the best thing about Halo 4 is that it feels so fresh. It still has a lot of the same core mechanics from past Halo titles but 343 has breathed new life into the series and given it some new interesting elements.
THE CAMPAIGN - While I do feel that 343 probably could have put a little more time into the storytelling part of the game, its still quite fun. You get to see both Master Chief and Cortana interact on a really human level as you try to save her from her Rampancy issue while fighting the ancient evil that was woken up on the planet Requiem. The main gripe I had with the campaign was that the missions felt a little too linear at times with few chances to explore. However, it was still a very enjoyable campaign experience.
VISUALS - The guys at 343 really pushed the limits on the 360 here. I wouldn't call it the best looking console game ever but its pretty darn close to it. My mind was blown away when I first stepped foot on Requiem. The colors of the landscape and the lighting in the world were truly something to behold.
SOUND - I would expect this kind of sound from the Frostbite engine but the folks at 343 really surprised me on this one. The sound is absolutely amazing and if you have a proper sound system or a good pair of headphones then you are in for a real treat. Weapons sound better, explosions sound way more forceful and the sound of Master Chiefs armor acutally moving around adds to the immersion of the game.
MULTIPLAYER - Still the same ole Halo MP we are use to except with some added elements. Armor abilities are back this time around but now we also have Strategic Packages that serve to give you a boost in combat like Unlimited Sprint. Along with the Strategic Packages there are Ordinance drops that you unlock during matches as well which award you with different weapons and boosts like Damage Boost. Some veteran players might be disgruntled by this but I think its pretty refreshing and a nice change of pace.
gamers (70%) found this review helpful
Halo 4, what to say about Halo 4? I'll admit, I was very skeptical about this game when it was announced, seeing as how Halo 3 had ended. I decided to give it a try anyway though, and honestly I was amazed. It is a a great game, so here we go:
- The graphics and the sounds are amazing in Halo 4, almost comparable to what the Frostbite 2 engine can do for BF3.
- Has a good storyline, and shows more of the human side of our buddy Master Chief and Cortana
- End of the campaign leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next
- The multiplayer is much better than it was in Halo Reach
- A decent amount of new guns to have fun with, of course with a bunch of old favorites showing up as well.
- Lasky, nuff said.
- Can't help but to feel like it is the same story arc as the first Halo in a way, just on a new planet.
- The campaign was incredibly short, like Call of Duty type short, and a little choppy in places.
Long Story Short:
If you are a fan of the Halo series, you will love this game. If you used to be a fan of the Halo series, but aren't sure if you want to try the new one, you do, you'll love it. 343 Industries did an amazing job with this game, and it will be good to see where they take this Reclaimer series and where it all ends up.
It gets a solid 9/10 from me.
posted by RedskinsGM2B (CHASE CITY, VA) Nov 6, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
gamers (66%) found this review helpful
The 1st thing that hits you is the visuals. This game has truly raised the bar with the graphics & sharp scenery alone. It's truly pleasurable to just explore. It can get you distracted from the mission at hand. 343 has managed to make the series look fresh & reborn which, after 7 iterations, is probably exactly what any series of this kind of veteranship & player base needs.
Secondly & most importantly, in my humble opinion is, the story. Right out of the gate, you feel like your watching/living/participating/suffering...a Hollywood blockbuster. You are strapped with a sense of urgency & desperation, within the first 10 minutes. Brilliant writing & spot-on voice acting flesshes out the characters & instills importance with almost every hovering "Hold X". A genius marriage of visuals & drama to dristract you from the oncoming explosion of action just around the corner or on the other side of that blast door.
Microsoft Studios & 343 packs all of the aforementioned candy into its offering of competetive multiplayer. Nothing suffers. To make it even better, they've thrown in the mainstay of "Forge" & some extra ideas for glory hounds out there with "Spartan" mode & "Infinity Missions" & yes, even MORE.
Finally, what keeps a game on the shelves & in a players library is simply the "replayability" value. With so much landscape & frantic gameplay, it's very easy for a player to miss seeing things & doing things with just 1 or 2 plays through the fantastic "Campaign". Add in HALO 4 benchmark multiplayer systems & dozens of modes & achievements that continue to raise the bar for the entire industry & you'll have yourself so many different ways to play & end your day that...you might not be playing that new military shooter, after all.
What Microsoft Studios & 343 has accomplished is nothing short of spitting in the critics & haters faces by showing that they don't ALWAYS disregard the public & others property. This time they paid attention & deserve a HUGE 10